Waiting ends: Michael makes landfall with 155 miles per hour winds

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When it made landfall about midday in the Florida Panhandle, the Michael was packing 155 miles per hour winds, 2 miles per hour shy of a Category 5 storm. In the D.C. area, its effects are a few days off and should be limited.

"Michael will then move northeastward across the southeastern United States through Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on late Thursday night and Friday".

The Suwannee Valley is expected to experience sustained 40-50 miles per hour winds with gusts up to 75 miles per hour.

By 5 a.m., Michael's eye was about 70 kilometres west of Augusta, Georgia, packing top winds of 80 kph and moving at 33 kph into SC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. "It is most likely that the very warm water in the Gulf.is likely contributing to the intensity and the intensification that we have seen", Jim Kossin, an atmospheric scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told Reuters.

The National Weather Service says tornadoes are possible across the Florida Panhandle, southeast Georgia and southern SC through Thursday morning as the hurricane now moves inland.

Michael has now weakened to a tropical storm over south-central Georgia but is forecast to dump torrential rain over Florida, Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Carolinas and into Virginia.

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Scott will be traveling to Tallahassee today to receive a briefing from federal, state and local emergency management officials. The governor warned that there is potential for "devastating impact to communities across the Panhandle and Big Bend".

At least two people are now confirmed dead in one of the strongest storms on record to hit the mainland US-and some communities hit by Hurricane Michael are now unrecognizable. Part of the awning fell and shattered the glass front door of the hotel, and the rest of the awning wound up on vehicles parked below it.

The storm, which had caught many by surprise with its rapid intensification as it churned north over the Gulf of Mexico, made landfall north-west of the town of Mexico Beach at about 1:40 pm (local time) as a category four hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. A storm surge that caused severe flooding, with waters cresting rooftops, and winds that shredded roofs and event knocked a train off its tracks, decimated areas along its path. Officials are opening temporary hospitals in that area. Palm trees whipped wildly in the winds. The roar from the hurricane sounded like an airplane taking off. Forecasters said rainfall could reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), and the life-threatening storm surge could swell to 14 feet (4 meters). "We didn't think it was going to be this bad".

Measured in this way the lower the pressure the stronger the hurricane - Michael was the most powerful since Hurricane Camille in 1969.

National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen added: "We are in new territory". According to The Weather Channel, no Category 4 hurricane in historical records dating back to 1851 has ever made landfall in the region. She said she could smell the pine from snapped tree branches.

Warmer water acts as fuel for a hurricane, helping it develop into a more destructive, windier storm. Four pine trees had crashed through the roof of her apartment, almost hitting two people.

Only a skeleton staff remained at Tyndall Air Force Base, situated on a peninsula just south of Panama City. "I would do anything to just know he's OK", she said.

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